Brocade M5424 Fibre Channel Blade Switch

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Brocade switching technology integrated with Dell M1000e blade architecture

Easy integration of Fibre Channel technology into new or existing SAN environments using the PowerEdge™ M1000e blade enclosure, Brocade® M5424 and Dell™ Compellent™ storage.

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Fibre Channel ports

  • 24 ports universal ports (E_Port, F_Port, and N_Port) available in all three models:

    24-port Enterprise Performance Pack Edition (includes eight pre-installed 8Gb SFP+ transceivers) plus Enterprise software licenses for Adaptive Networking, ISL Trunking, Fabric Watch, and Advanced Performance Monitoring

    24-port model (includes four pre-installed 8Gb SFP+ transceivers)

    12-port model (includes two pre-installed 8Gb SFP+ transceivers) – upgradeable to 24-port model through optional 12-port upgrade license kit


  • Full fabric architecture with 239 switches maximum

Certified maximum

  • Single Brocade FOS fabric: 56 domains, 19 hops Single Brocade M-EOS fabric: 31 domains, 3 hops Larger fabrics certified as required; consult Brocade or OEM SAN design documents for configuration details


  • Brocade 2XXX, 3XXX, 4XXX, 5XXX and Director family switches. AG Mode supports Brocade, McData and Cisco fabrics


  • 8.5 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex;
    4.25 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex;
    2.125 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex
    1.063 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex;
    auto-sensing of 8, 4, 2, and 1 Gbit/sec port
    speeds; optionally programmable to fixed port
    speed; speed matching between 8, 4, 2, and
    1 Gbit/sec ports

ISL Trunking

  • Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking allows all eight external SAN ports to be combined to form a single, logical ISL with an aggregate bandwidth of 64Gb delivering scalable I/O bandwidth utilization and load balancing.

Aggregate bandwidth

  • 384 Gbit/sec end-to-end (full duplex)

Fabric latency

  • 700 ns with no contention, cut through routing at 8 Gbit/sec

Maximum frame size

  • 2112-byte payload

Classes of Service

  • Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)

Port Types

  • FL_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port), and E_Port; self-discovery based on switch type (U_Port); optional port type control in Brocade Access Gateway mode: F_Port and NPIV-enabled N_Port

Data Traffic Types

  • Fabric switches supporting unicast and broadcast

Media Types

  • 8 Gbit/sec: Requires Brocade hot-pluggable
    SFP+, LC connector; 8 Gbit/sec
    Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); 8 Gbit/sec
    Long-Wavelength Laser (LWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port speed

    4 Gbit/sec: Requires Brocade hot-pluggable
    Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP), LC connector; 4 Gbit/sec
    Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); 4 Gbit/sec
    Long-Wavelength Laser (LWL); 4 Gbit/sec
    Extended Long-Wavelength Laser (ELWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port speed

Fabric Services

  • Simple Name Server (SNS); Registered State Change Notification (RSCN), NTP v3, Reliable Commit Service (RCS), Dynamic Path Selection (DPS), Brocade Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning), NPIV, and FDMI

    Some fabric services do not apply or are unavailable in Brocade Access Gateway mode


  • 4Gb SFP & 8Gb SFP+ transceivers (single pack)
    Ports on Demand (12-port license upgrade kit - for 12-port model only)
    Enterprise Performance Pack : Software option for 12-port and 24-port models that includes Adaptive Networking, ISL Trunking, Fabric Watch, and Advanced Performance Monitoring)
    ISL Trunking: Software option for 12-port and 24-port models


  • Supported Mgmt Software

    Telnet, HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB); Auditing, Syslog, Change Management tracking; EZSwitchSetup wizard;

    Brocade Advanced Web Tools; Brocade DCFM Professional/Enterprise; SMI-S compliant, SMI-S scripting toolkit, Administrative Domains


    SSL, SSH v2, HTTPS, LDAP, RADIUS, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), DH-CHAP (between switches and end devices), Port Binding, Switch Binding, Secure RPC, Secure Copy (SCP), Trusted Switch, IPSec, IP Filtering

    Management access

    In-band over Fibre Channel; serial port (RJ-45); call-home integration enabled through Brocade DCFM


    POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including RAStrace logging, environmental monitoring, non-disruptive daemon restart,FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), port mirroring (SPAN port)


  • Width: 272.75 mm
    Height: 32.48 mm
    Depth: 307.24 mm
    Weight: 4.65 Pounds— without media

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature
    Operating: 0°C to 40°C(32°F to 104°F) 
    Non-operating: -20°C to 70°C(-4°F to 158°F)

    Operating: 10% to 90%, non-condensing at 29°C
    Non-operating: 5% to 95%, non-condensing at 38°C

    Operating altitude
    Up to 3,048 m (10,000 ft)

    Storage altitude
    Up to 10.668km (35,000ft)

    Operating Shock
    20G for 6ms

    Non-operating Shock
    50G with a velocity change of 4216 mm/sec squared

    Operating: 0.4G at 5 Hz to 500 Hz for 60 minutes 
    Non-operating: 0.5G at 2 Hz to 200 Hz for 15 minutes; 1.04 grms random for 15 minutes


  • DC Input 12V and 3.3V from chassis
    Power consumption About 32 Watts


The Brocade® M5424 switch and the Dell™ PowerEdge™ M1000e blade enclosure provide robust solutions for Fibre Channel SAN deployments. Not only does this offering help simplify and reduce the amount of SAN hardware components required for a deployment, but it also maintains the scalability, performance, interoperability and management of traditional SAN environments.

Fast, Reliable 8-Gbit/sec Performance

  • Non-blocking and non-oversubscribed platform with an aggregate bandwidth of 128 Gbit/sec end-to-end
  • Optional adaptive networking services, including adaptive fabric quality of service, traffic isolation and ingress rate limiting, enabling organizations to maintain optimized application performance in virtual environments

Excellent Value for a Variety of SAN Environments

  • Easily integrate Fibre Channel (FC) technology into new or existing Storage Area Network (SAN) environments using the PowerEdge M1000e blade enclosure, Brocade® M5424 and Dell/EMC storage
  • New platform combines with Brocade® 8Gb edge switches from Dell to extends the next generation dynamic Data Center Fabric features of Brocade® backbone DCX architecture to the Dell PowerEdge M1000e Chassis.

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